Federation Overview
Meet the Board




Susan Gordon, President of CentralCHRIE
[email protected]



Welcome to CentralCHRIE!

Hello, CentralCHRIE Members,

The 2022 CentralCHRIE Conference was hosted in conjunction with the Purdue University White Lodging-J.W. Marriott, Jr. School of Hospitality and Tourism Management’s inaugural annual Spirit of Hospitality Summit on September 29th and 30th. It was well attended with a number of industry professionals, faculty, and staff traveling from outside of the Purdue community as well as faculty and students (both graduate and undergraduate level) from Purdue University. CentralCHRIE was represented by seven states and ten universities with approximately 34 member attendees. The Hospitality Summit featured over 30 educational sessions along with four keynote sessions, a networking event, a poster session sponsored by CentralCHRIE, and reception for CentralCHRIE members, all of which provided federation members with opportunities to engage with various programs.

CentralCHRIE presented a session entitled "Student Shared and Industry Listened” moderated by Dr. Susan Gordon, the president of CentralCHRIE and faculty member at Purdue University, and Dr. Mary Jo Dolasinski, former president of CentralCHRIE and faculty member at DePaul University. The session featured a panel discussion with three industry professionals who shared how their organizations are capitalizing on hospitality graduates’ excitement about working in hospitality and how they are addressing these graduates’ concerns about working in the industry. Students were given a chance to ask questions of the panelists and many industry attendees gained insight on how to best meet the needs of graduates. CentralCHRIE’s poster session included a total of 47 posters presented between the Thursday networking event and Friday morning poster session, representing 20 different institutions from around the world. Best poster awards were presented for each poster track of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students. The winners in the faculty track were Kwang Ho Lee, Alan Yen, and Sotiris Hji-Avgoustis, all from Ball State University, the winners in the graduate student track were Bobbie Rathjens and Lu Zhang, both from Michigan State University, and the winners in the undergraduate student track were Meredith Lucero, Ava Torrence, Payton Harmon, and DeForest Williams, all from Purdue University. Congratulations from the CentralCHRIE Conference Committee to all of the awardees!

As a bronze sponsor of the Spirit of Hospitality Summit, CentralCHRIE created a monetary scholarship for a student who is considering pursuing a career as an educator in higher education and the scholarship was conferred to Evita Ma, a doctoral student at Purdue University. CentralCHRIE had a booth during the networking event on Thursday evening that allowed board members to interact with various types of attendees ranging from students to faculty to industry professionals and talk about the great opportunities with CentralCHRIE. After the networking event, there was a separate welcome reception at a local pub for federation members to meet and network exclusively with CentralCHRIE affiliated attendees.

The conference planning committee is grateful to everyone who took valuable time to travel and participate in this year’s conference. Whether as a poster presenter, co-author, reviewer, speaker, moderator, board member, or attendee, we really appreciate your contribution to the success of the event. We could not pull this off in such a tight schedule without your help. We look forward to the 2023 conference next fall!

Susan Gordon
CentralCHRIE President



Opportunity to Host:

2023 or 2024 CentralCHRIE Conference 


The CentralCHRIE Board of Directors are excited to announce that Request For Proposals (RFP's) are now being accepted for the 2023 and 2024 CentralCHRIE Conferences. We encourage all schools within CentralCHRIE to consider hosting, even if you have hosted in the past!

Some of the many benefits of hosting a CentralCHRIE conference are:

  • Publicity for your program with your industry partners
  • A practical real event for your meetings and events class
  • Showing off your campus and facilities for the recruitment of future faculty and students
  • Promotion of your program throughout your campus to show what your program can do
  • A chance to raise extra funds for your program to help support student and program needs

You are in a position to design the theme, agenda, and activities! You will be constantly supported by the CentralCHRIE Board of Directors to make sure the conference is a success!

We invite you to submit your RFP’s and look forward to learning more about your school, program, and the communities you serve! 

We encourage you to get your local CVB involved and seek input from local hospitality industry leaders so the nominating committee will know all the great activities for conference attendees to do during the conference. This will help strengthen your overall proposal!


  • Submissions for the 2023 conference proposals are due by February 5, 2023 at 11:59 pm Central Standard Time USA (CST)
  • Submissions for the 2024 conference proposals are due by March 5, 2023 at 11:59 pm CST
  • All RFP's are to be submitted to [email protected] and/or [email protected].
  • For questions, please contact Susan Gordon, CentralCHRIE President ([email protected]) or Amy Bardwell, CentralCHRIE Vice President ([email protected]). 
  • For submission guidelines and details, CLICK THIS RFP

Site selection notifications will be sent within 30 days after the submission deadlines.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the next CentralCHRIE conference!

Best Regards,

Yeasun K. Chung, PhD. 



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